Sunday, November 16, 2008

Culture of the week!

Right Side, Left Side


W
hy 'Right side, left side' you ask? Well this week I was trained/check out on driving the mission van here in Indonesia. The first thing you notice driving this van is you (the driver) sit on the right side instead of the left and the stick shifter isn't on the right side of you, it's on the left! These two things were very strange to me because for one I've only been driving a motor bike for the last 7 months and it was of course a bit strange to just be driving a van again as well as I've never driven a foreign vehicle before! The other weird thing is the turn signal & windshield/lights controllers are switched... Luckily the pedals are the same! I just have to keep reminding myself that these things aren't wrong, just different! : - )

You ever drive a foreign car? How did it go? I'm not talking a Honda here... Ha!

~Ben

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3 comments:

Glidewell Family said...

I wonder if it would be easier transition for some one who is dyslexic.

Leah said...

Actually, when I went to visit my cousin in Japan I drove his stick shift car the exact way you did...and on the opposite side of the road! It was VERY different, and fun!

Anonymous said...

Yep...been there...done that! In Australia and England!

Mamacita